Retro Hair Scarf Sewing Pattern & Tutorial

One of my favorite ways to keep the retro hair look on days when I just don’t have time (or ambition) to do my hair is using a hair scarf or wrap. I also have days when I want to put off washing my hair for one more day, and a scarf can hide the day old hair pretty well too.
I often use vintage scarves to tie my hair up, but sometimes I can’t find the pattern or colors I want. So Why not make a few?

My pattern for hair wraps includes two different thickness of scarf. One is a long skinny one, and the other is wider in the center. Both tie around your head and can be worn different ways. You can make them the same on both side or reversible in all kinds of fun patterns!

To make each scarf you will need:

  • One fat quarter, or two if you want reversible patterns. You can also use fabric scraps if you want to de-stash. you”ll need at least a 4″ wide piece for the skinny version, or an 8″ piece for the wide version.
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • pdf pattern

Print and cut out your pattern pieces. Tape them together where the little triangles indicate on the pieces. You should have two pieces. One for the skinny head wrap and one for the wider one.

If you are using a fat quarter, fold it in half and lay your piece on it so the fold runs the length of the wrap. If you are using a long enough piece of fabric, you can fold your fabric and then cut on fold.

If you use fat quarters you need to cut two pieces for each side. You should end up with 4 pieces. Here are my examples for both the skinny and wide versions:

(Sorry about the carpet background, the weather was really crummy here and my sewing room was too dark to photograph in)

Put the right sides of each piece together and sew down the center seam. Again, if you cut your bands on the fold you can skip this step. After you sew them together your four pieces become two pieces. Here’s the wide version sewn into two pieces:

You now have a front and a back. Put the right sides together and sew around the entire outside edge, leaving a few inches un-sewn so that you can turn it inside out.

Clip the pointy ends close to the stitching so that they are flat. This helps your point to be really crisp when you turn it inside out.

The last step is to turn the wrap. Pull the inside through the hole to the outside. Use a chopstick or a pencil to push the pointy edges from inside the now right side out band. This will make them crisp. I don’t finish the hole because when you iron the piece it disappears. If you want you can stitch it shut by hand, or you can topstitch around the entire edge of the wrap. I like to iron them to make them nice and finished looking.

And that’s it! You have a hair wrap. Here’s some pics of my finished ones:

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